The better a room is Designed... the less it has to be Decorated!

When you hire an Interior Designer, they look beyond aesthetics and décor from the moment they walk in and explore your current space.  When you are ready for a transformation, whether it’s as simple as updating your soft goods or as detailed as a full remodel, an Interior Designer truly knows how to add value to your home.  They are not only your creative partner and advisor, they act as Project Managers to navigate through all of the labor intensive, remodeling details.  They work tirelessly to improve the overall layout, redesign the flow, if needed, and even make your space more functional, in addition to the beautiful updates.  

We recently completed a renovation in Napa; one that had been remodeled again and again over the past 100 years (it actually started out as a chicken coop, believe it or not!).  As we blueprinted what we would accomplish in our renovation, the owners were surprised at many of the minor modifications we proposed, in addition to the larger projects.  For instance, one of the smaller tasks we tackled was to switch out all door knobs, locks and hinges.  We extracted the 1980’s shiny, “brassy” brass and installed modern fixtures in a matte black.  They were amazed at what a difference this change alone made!  

Consider the following design elements a transformation can encompass.  The possibilities are of course, endless!


  • Shiplap, Paneling, Chair Rail and Wainscoting for Walls and Ceiling

  • Baseboards, Crown Molding and Beams

  • Doors, Windows and Ceiling Trim

  • Built-In Cabinetry, Bookcases, Shelving and Mantles


  • Door Knobs, Locks and Hinges 

  • Cabinet Handles, Pulls and Knobs


  • Outlets, Light Switch Plates and Dimmers

  • Remove Florescent Tubes and Install Recessed to Wash the Corners with Light


  • Walls, Ceilings and Floors ... Interior and Exterior

  • Kitchen Cabinets and Bath Vanities

  • Stain Concrete Porches, Walkways and Driveways


  • Widen Doorways and Remove Unneeded Walls to Open Up Your Space

  • Remove Kitchen and Bath Soffits

  • Upgrade Small Windows to Larger Windows and Doors — let in that natural light! 

As you can see, this is just a jumping off point to offer inspiration.  Let your imagination guide you!  

Lynen Interiors is a Full-Service, Interior Design Firm with a focus on natural and eco-friendly materials and finishes. We offer chemical-free and locally sourced products such as FSC certified woods and NO-VOC paints.  We are also Members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Don’t forget to ask us about our Quality Standards Checklist!

Until next time….stay tuned and stay inspired!

Team Lynen